Turkey arrests key aide to Muslim cleric Gulen for coup attempt

Ankara: Turkey has arrested a key aide to the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who was accused by Ankara of plotting the failed coup attempt, local media reported on Saturday.

Halis Hanci, designated as Gulen's henchman, came to Turkey two days before the coup attempt, Xinhua reported.

He has distributed money to Gulen, who has been living in the US since 1999.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after an emergency meeting of the government in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Erdogan on Wednesday declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt, declaring he would rid the military of the "virus" of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown.(AP Photo)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP

Turkish authorities earlier on Saturday detained Mohammet Sait Gulen, one of Gulen's nephews, NTV reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government has filed an official request with the US for it.

The failed coup attempt, which began on 15 July, was crushed the next day; at least 290 people, including more than 100 "coup plotters," were killed, authorities said.

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Updated Date: Jul 24, 2016 09:44:47 IST

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